Watercraft Insurance provided by Browne Insurance Services

Boats and personal watercraft are big purchases, but if you love being on the water, you know they’re worth it. Even if you're not required to have boat insurance, it's important to protect your boat and your crew from harm.
What is Water Craft Insurance ?

Watercraft insurance is an umbrella term for three types of insurance: boat insurance, yacht insurance, and personal watercraft insurance. It protects against damages to vessels powered by a motor that has horsepower of at least 25 miles per hour (mph). Examples of the types of costs covered by watercraft insurance policies include physical loss or damage to the boat, theft of the boat, and towing.

Depending on the policy, there may also be watercraft liability coverage for bodily injury to people other than the boat’s owner and family, guest passengers using the boat by themselves, and medical payments for injury to the owner and their family. Some policies, however, require the purchase of additional liability coverage as an add-on. The specific type of insurance you buy is dictated by the size of your vessel.

What are the types of Water Craft Insurance Coverages?

Bodily injury liability

If you cause an accident and someone is injured, this watercraft insurance coverage can help pay their medical bills and loss of income.

Property damage liability

If you cause an accident, this personal watercraft insurance coverage helps pay for damages to another person’s watercraft or property. Pollution liability coverage and wreckage removal are included.

Collision

Collision pays for damage to your personal watercraft, motor, trolling motor, trailer, and permanent and portable equipment if you’re in a covered accident with another watercraft or object.

Comprehensive

Also known as “other than collision,” this coverage can help pay for damage to your personal watercraft, motor, trolling motor, trailer, and permanent and portable equipment from losses other than collision. This includes damage from fire, theft or storms.

Uninsured motorist

Helps protect you and your personal watercraft, motor, trolling motor, trailer, and permanent and portable equipment from an uninsured or hit-and-run boater. 

 Underinsured motorist

Helps protect you, your watercraft and equipment from drivers who do not have enough insurance to cover the costs of an accident.

Medical payments

Medical payments can help cover medical bills if you or others are injured while operating or occupying your personal watercraft.

On-water boat towing and labor

Covers towing expenses and other emergency services if your personal watercraft becomes disabled on the water. 

What is the Importance of Watercraft Insurance?

The most important reason for getting water craft insurance is liability coverage. It protects you in case someone is injured, or their property is damaged and pays for your legal fees, their medical expenses, and repairs to their property.

You may also need coverage to your water craft from fire, accidents, and theft. All risk insurance covers anything that can happen to your boat except for circumstances specifically excluded in your policy, such as wear and tear and damage from freezing.

Add-ons are available so you can customize your insurance based on your needs. 

Do I Need Boat Insurance in the Off Season?

Wherever you’re located, the length of the boating season is already factored into your rate. Insurance companies know that boaters aren’t going out year-round in most places. Your premium is based on typical annual use for your geographical area, however long or short the period might be.

Also, keep in mind that your boat when your boat is insured it is covered even when it’s docked or in storage. Your policy can cover things like sinking, weather damage, vandalism, and theft — which can happen any time.

As a boater, you have specialized insurance needs. We can help map the various insurance options and can answer your questions about what different boat insurance coverage types protect so you can build a policy that makes the most sense for you. 

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190 W Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262
We extend coverage to individuals and businesses in Campbell, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Pollock Pines, and Santa Clara areas.

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  • Hurricane
  • Watercraft breakdown
  • Property Damage
  • Uninsured Watercraft
  • Bodily injury liability
  • Boat Parts

Hurricane Coverage

Risk Factors

The marina where you dock your cabin cruiser is in the path of an approaching hurricane — you want to get it out of the water and hauled to a safe location as soon as possible. 

Solution

Watercraft insurance helps with the cost of professional haul-out when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens your boat

Watercraft breakdown Coverage

Risk Factors

Your motorboat stalls in the middle of the lake — and won’t restart. You’re not sure what went wrong, but you need help right now.

Solution

Optional coverage may help with the cost of emergency labour where your boat is disabled or a tow to the nearest location where repairs can be made. It may also cover the cost of gas, oil or a battery, if needed.

Property Damage Coverage

Risk Factors

Your watercraft might collide with someone’s personal property and cause damage to the same.

Solution

If you cause an accident that damages another person’s property, liability coverage may help pay for expenses you incur as a result.

Uninsured / Underinsured risk Coverage

Risk Factors

You may meet an accident with another watercraft which is not insured or whose insurance coverage is not sufficient for the loss caused by accident.

Solution

What would happen if an uninsured boater collides with your watercraft and you or one of your passengers are injured? The uninsured watercraft coverage on your boat insurance policy may help pay for the resulting expenses

Bodily Injury Coverage

Risk Factors

The people sailing in the watercraft may face any bodily injury while travelling which can make the watercraft owner pay for their medical expenses

Solution

Watercraft insurance may help prevent you from paying out of pocket for medical bills and other related costs like loss of income when someone is injured in an accident you caused with your boat or personal watercraft.

Boat Parts Coverage

Risk Factors

There may be a possibility where any of your boat parts can be damaged and you need to spend additional money from your pocket for its repair.

Solution

Your policy may cover parts of the boat including Machinery, Permanently attached equipment, Fittings, Furnishings and Hull

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